The Berlin International Film Festival will be back from tomorrow 9th of June until the 20th of June as a Summer Special event hosting all public screenings outdoors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an online version of the festival was held in March restricted to film industry professionals and the press.
The Summer Special Edition will show a total of 126 films in 16 open-air cinemas spread out throughout the city. The Golden and Silver Bears will be handed out on the 13th of June.
The Mauritanian is the film selected to open the festival. Directed by Kevin Macdonald and starred by Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster, the film got five BAFTA nominations in April. The actress Jodie Foster was awarded with the Golden Globe for her supporting role in the film. The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian man who was held for fourteen years without charge in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.